Podcasts for Patients and Providers (Next Generation Behavioral Health Podcast)

Podcasts for Patients and Providers (Next Generation Behavioral Health Podcast)


[Dr. Christina Armstrong] Hello, and welcome
to Next Generation Behavioral Health. [Dr. Julie Kinn] Ten-minute tips for modernizing
patient care. [Armstrong] [music]
I’m Dr. Christina Armstrong. [Kinn] And I’m Dr. Julie Kinn. We are psychologists with the Defense Health
Agency in the United States Department of Defense. And our team works on health technology to
support service members, veterans, and their families, and the military health care system. [Armstrong] That’s right. And we also train clinicians on best practices
of the use of technology in clinical care. [Kinn] And today, what are we talking about,
Christy? [Armstrong] Today, we are talking about podcasts. [Kinn] This is a very meta-episode. Do people still say “meta”? [Armstrong] Yes. Well, I do but–
[Kinn] OK [laughter]. That counts. [Armstrong] So we talk a lot about mobile
health apps in clinical care, but I don’t hear a lot of providers thinking of how to
use other technologies to help support their patients. And podcasts are a really great way to get
information out to your patients. [Kinn] Yeah, absolutely. It just reminds me of where we were about
five years ago with mobile apps when providers were just starting to realize that PE Coach,
for example, could be a great addition to prolonged exposure therapy. And I think we’re trying to get the word out
that podcasts, just like the one you’re listening to now, “Next Generation Behavioral Health,”
are another great way to get information out there. They’re the friend that you have with you
when your hands are busy. Folks listen to them in the car, while at
home doing housework, between writing patient notes. It’s just another great way for people who
like podcasts or like this medium. [Armstrong] That’s right. Julie, tell me a couple examples of how podcasts
can help providers in patient care. [Kinn] Well, one way of course, it’s a good
way to distribute information, right? It’s always faster to read something. If I give you a blog post or an abstract from
a journal article, you’re going to get that information pretty quickly. But the nice thing about podcasts is that
you can have a conversation. You can develop rapport, can get a better
sense of how to actually use that information in a nice conversational way. And for a lot of listeners that’s a better
way to learn. But besides just learning and information
gathering, some of the podcasts out there and the ones we’re making are actually meant
to help as an adjunct to care. So, for example, I know you’re going to give
me a chance to talk about these, but “A Better Night’s Sleep” podcast is one that
we’re doing to give information to patients. We started it with Dr. Jon Olin at Fort Carson
and he said, “I’m giving the same information to my patients over and over. And I tell every patient the same thing. But I don’t know how well they’re communicating
it to their partner or if they even remember it.” So if we’re able to put those information,
those data in a podcast, then he can be sure that his patients have it and can listen to
it on repeat. And the other podcast we’re starting, the
“Military Meditation Coach,” it’s more than just information, it’s the actual tools. It’s actual meditation files that folks can
listen to on their own, or you could even use those in session or in group therapy. [Armstrong] That’s great, Julie. So the two podcasts you mentioned, I want
to make sure that people heard the names of that. So you said “A Better Night’s Sleep” is
sleep information? [Kinn] That’s right. [Armstrong] And “Military Meditation Coach”,
which is meditation recordings. [Kinn] Yeah, let me tell you just a little
bit more about them real briefly. And then I hope our listeners will check them
out online. We’ll provide the links for these and all
the other podcasts in our show notes. But “A Better Night’s Sleep” takes us
just one-by-one through all the major sleep disorders and evidence-based treatments. We focus a lot on insomnia and, of course,
nightmares, and other common sleep conditions in the military community. But we also look at children’s sleep, how
to diagnose sleep apneas, what the treatment looks like. And then, “Military Meditation Coach”
is the other podcast we’re producing. And we have a huge variety of meditation,
mindfulness, and relaxation exercises, and they range from three minutes to a half hour. And they’re pretty much every single kind
of meditation you can think of. And the idea is we want to put it out there,
and then the beneficiaries — or providers —can listen to them and see which one really
hits the mark for them. So, one other thing I just want to make sure
folks know is that you can get both those podcasts the same place you get “Next Generation
Behavioral Health” — on our website or pretty much anywhere you find podcasts. Same goes for “The TBI Family” podcast. Have you listened to that one? [Armstrong] I have. I’ve listened to a couple episodes and it’s
really helpful. “The TBI Family” podcast was launched
a couple years ago by the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center. And it’s a series of podcasts for caregivers
and service members and veterans with traumatic brain injury. So each episode goes through information and
resources, and tips for caregivers, and shares caregivers’ stories, and that’s the…I
think the most powerful piece of it. I mean, I feel like often the caregivers of
our service members and veterans with traumatic brain injury, they often feel isolated. They’re there caring for their loved one,
but there’s an entire network of caregivers out there. There’s a lot of lessons learned and help
that we can offer each other. And so it’s the TBI Family podcast. [Kinn] Yeah, it’s a fantastic podcast. It’s really well made, very compelling, and
the kind of thing that can help your patients feel like they’re part of a community, even
when they’re by themselves. It’s just that linkage and that shared compassion
is so important for the caregivers. [Armstrong] That’s right. The next podcast I want to talk about, also
developed by the federal government, is from the Uniformed Services University and the
Center for Deployment Psychology. The Center for Deployment Psychology develops
an entire suite of training materials for providers, and they also created this really
fantastic suite of podcasts or audio files for providers as well. These can be found under YouTube. They’re not available right now on iTunes. And so these podcasts are for military families
on deployment, and some of the topics cover the DSM-V changes, sleep, PTSD [posttraumatic
stress disorder], and deployment experiences. [Kinn] It’s one of those podcasts I would
recommend to providers who are new to the military community, especially. I think it’s super helpful. And the fact that it’s available on YouTube
is nice because pretty much everyone can get to that site. [Armstrong] That’s right. Even through our government networks we’re
able to access it that way. [Kinn] Yep. Let me talk real briefly about the TRICARE
podcast series, because this is one that is great for providers and beneficiaries. It’s available on tricare.mil, and we’ll put
the exact URL in our show notes as always, but it gives tips on how to access healthcare
and also some of the latest updates in the military health system. So, it’s a pretty neat series to help you
feel like you know what’s coming over the horizon in our military health. [Armstrong] That’s right. There’s one other group of podcasts that I’d
like to talk about. And these are a couple different suites of
audio recordings coming out of the VA’s National Center for PTSD. So, the National Center for PTSD has two podcast
series, one called “PTSD 101 Curriculum” that’s available on iTunes, and they also
have one called “Returning to the War Zone”, also available on iTunes, and we’ll put those
exact links online because they’re also available on their website as well. That same group also is involved in all the
VA’s mobile app development. So they also put out the VA Mobile Health
Provider Program. And they also have a series of audio recordings
available online as well, and so we’ll be sure to put the URL into the show notes for
that. [Kinn] The bottom line is that podcasts are
another great medium to share information, tips, tools, and resources. And, every year we know more and more people
are listening to podcasts. So, I’d recommend just checking these out. Just like with mobile apps, we always recommend…dip
your toe in, kick the tires, see what you think before you recommend it. All the ones we’ve reviewed here, of course,
are made within the government so we know they’re reliable and good quality, just like
our mobile apps and websites. So, check these out and let us know if there’s
other podcasts in the federal government or elsewhere that you’ve found helpful. We’d love to know and feel free to share them
with us and other listeners on Facebook and Twitter @MilitaryHealth. You can join the conversation there. [Armstrong] Thanks for joining us today on
“Next Generation Behavioral Health”. [Kinn] Thanks for subscribing and rating us
on iTunes or wherever you get podcasts. [music] And please check out our other shows
like “A Better Night’s Sleep”, and the “Military Meditation Coach”, and the other
great podcasts that we mentioned today. [Armstrong] “Next Generation Behavioral
Health” is produced by the Defense Health Agency. [music]

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